Leicester City’s Islam Slimani impressed in the first few months of his loan spell at AS Monaco as the striker managed seven goals and seven assists in Ligue 1 this season.

However, he lost his prominence at the French club and wanted to leave in the winter market.

The Foxes owned player was a January target for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Inter Milan, but no club acquired his services.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano provides an update about the Serie A club’s pursuit of the Algeria international for Calciomercato.

He claims the Nerazzurri were hunting for a new attacker as a backup for Romelu Lukaku in the last two days of the recently concluded window and Antonio Conte’s side had set their sights on Slimani.

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According to the report, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta and sporting director Piero Ausilio ‘immediately found’ agreement with the player, but a ‘detail made the operation fail…

There’s no explanation about what ‘detail’ made the ‘operation fail’, but a French agent told Compétition in Algeria that Leicester’s demands were deemed excessive.

“At first, Leicester were asking for €2.5m and Monaco €4.5m (to cut the deal short), so a total of €7m. Sorry, but no club is going to spend that money for a six month loan,” a French agent explained.

“On Thursday, after realising the amount would put off any club, the two parties agreed for a new amount of €5m when they learned Inter came knocking for Slimani. On Thursday, we actually thought a transfer would be done, but there was never an offer from the Milan club.”